Just like Cau­cau

Fiji Sun - - Comment - Suva

I ap­plaud At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum for his courage to speak out and re­mind Fi­jians what led to events of 1987 and 2000.

The man­ner in which Op­po­si­tion MPs are speak­ing today, I am re­minded of Ase­naca Cau­cau who had stood in Par­lia­ment and divided ev­ery­thing along eth­nic lines. Sim­i­lar rhetoric is com­ing back now and I agree with A-G, these MPs need to know there are peo­ple out­side Par­lia­ment lis­ten­ing and tak­ing things to heart. My youngest daugh­ter was one-month old in 1987. She was in Class eight in 2000. I re­mem­ber very clearly young men from the in­te­rior vil­lages com­ing around and ask­ing which homes were oc­cu­pied by kaidias.

We re­mem­ber rush­ing out to bring down our re­li­gious flags so that peo­ple did not know that the house was owned by Hin­dus and Indo-Fi­jians. Our very lovely iTaukei nanny who helped raise my three chil­dren stood by us with her fam­ily, ready to de­fend us and they did their part in keep­ing us safe.

But there were so many others who were de­fence­less. Women were bru­tally raped, peo­ple were killed, and the so-called cham­pi­ons of democ­racy were nowhere to be found.

This is what ho­mogenis­ing does to our coun­try.

This is what we don't want a re­peat of. This is what this Gov­ern­ment has been dead against.

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